Friday, October 31, 2008

Peyote Crazy

I've been making stretchy peyote bracelet every night this week that I think I'm becoming peyote crazy! I like to use Miyuki cubes and triangle glass beads for these projects. I like mixing the different color and texture beads that I have. Sometimes, I use the already mixed beads that I buy from the local bead shop. They're fun and easy to make. Furthermore, they don't need any toggles and usually fit to 6-8 inches wrist depending on the bracelet size you prefer.

Please don't get me wrong, I enjoy every moment that I am beading each bead to make a lovely piece. Each piece is unique even if you use the same color mix. I think that's why I enjoy making them. I love the randomness of each piece! I hope you do the same.

Here are my peyote products for this week:

This bracelet is made with pinks and some browns...
I made this bracelet using blue, bluegreen, and steel color-lined
triangle glass beads made by miyuki. I love it!

This one is made using all the shades of red that I have in my stash.
This is also made with triangle beads. I love red!
This is a Red Hat Society version of my triangle peyote bracelets.
I hope you'll find it a fitting gift for your red hatter friend.
This bracelet is made with square miyuki glass beads.
If you like red, this is for you!

This one is made with blueberry pie mix. I love it!

Moonstone mix of miyuki squares.
I hope you enjoy my new creations! Take care and have a great day!


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Rainbow Peyote

The following pictures are taken when I finished this rainbow mix of 8/0 triangle miyuki. The beads are color-lined and looks like they're in a bubble! This is my first attempt to using triangle glass beads using a special beading thread that is not elastic. I am so used to making peyote band or bracelet using elastoma by bead smith or elasticity by beadalon. I like to use the best materials in the market because I believe that my clientele, or whoever is destined to use my pieces deserves only the best.

I hope you liked this one as much as the previous projects that I made. Have a great day!


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Precious Blood Craft and Christmas Bazaar

My adopted grandmother, Lola Connie, and I rented a table for this year's Christmas Bazaar at the local church. I always look forward to events like these because it's a great way to meet people and to share what I love do.

The bazaar runs for two days from 8 am to 4 pm. My dh, McKale and I went to the church social hall very early to display the jewelry that I made. I thought it would be nice to give myself plenty of time to look around to see what other vendors are selling. I've meet people I know and made new acquaintances.

After meeting people and talking to people who seems to appreciate my creations but not the price, the day became a little bit of a drag. I went there to "count the money" I made at the end of the day... but we just even out with the expenses for going there.

The second day was even challenging than the first. More people came for the bargain! I don't think I was ready for it. Anyway, there was a lady who really liked the earrings I made, the Earring Burst #1, and kept coming back to my table to admire it... She said that that was the most beautiful earrings she has ever seen hand made... Then she said that she forgot to bring her glasses which means she can't read my tag. She asked for the price, I read it to her, she then proceeded to tell me how ridiculous my price was. Then she left almost disgusted. She probably thought that she's just going to pay a dollar for it. I feel bad. It was not a good feeling for me. I just cannot afford to "donate" my efforts.

I learned a lot today. We decided that bazaars will not really work with us. I think that bazaar-goers look for cheap deals. I am not saying that my prices are too expensive, because they are not. In fact, my colleagues and other people who know how to really appreciate handmade art.

This incident is now in my past and I charge this one to my experience.


welcome to my site

Make yourself at home. Let me introduce myself. My name is Vicenta and my nickname is Yen.

Since I was a child, I have always worked on many handmade projects. I taught myself to crochet, counted cross-stitch, sewing, scrapbooking, and now, beading. Jewelry making (beading) is a new passion for me, a way to express my creativity and release the stress of the day. I found it to be a very therapeutic hobby. The various projects I’ve worked on over the years had always fit in between home and work.

With my husband’s support and encouragement, and the inspiration I’ve got from my son and other people, I have found a way to focus my creativity to a new direction and can be proud to share my handmade items with you. I personally design and create each piece of jewelry and have very high standards (it's the perfectionist in me!), so you can rest assured that you are purchasing items of the highest quality. I take pride in using the materials available in the market.

I also would like to give my friend, Mira, a shoutout for creating the initial page of this blog and for inspiring me to blog. I didn't realize you can get paid by blogging - - - for sure!

What else can I say but Wish me Luck!


Finally Finished

My colleague asked me to make her a necklace using a certain kind and color beads that I thought would be easy to find but I was mistaken. This fringe miyuki bead mix took me forever to get my hands on! I can't believe it!

I like to go to a "mom and pop" bead shop instead of big giant craft stores. Well, my friend over at the little mom and pop store was patiently waiting for the order to come in, including the beads I want to buy from him. It seems like he kept rescheduling the date the order comes in. I understand how things can be in the mail, therefore, I patiently waited. It took me two Wednesdays after I looked for it somewhere else.

When I finally had my hands on these little darlings, I did not waste time - I made the necklace with care, pride, and such joy as I always do with my other creations. I am happy that it look really nice when I finished the piece.

I used sterling silver for the closure.

The appreciation I've got from my colleague when I gave her her order was just a pleasure to see. The thought of knowing that someone will use what I've made for special or even casual occasion and take care of it - is just encouraging. For my colleague, I thank you for doing business with me.


Saturday, October 4, 2008

Thanks Mira

I just would like to thank my friend Mira for taking time to start a blog page for me. I've made too many beaded jewelry over the summer. They're way too many for me to wear so I started to bring them to work for my colleagues to admire and eventually to buy!

My friend suggested to blog my work for additional exposure. She, not just made a simple suggestion, even made a page for me! I just thought it was so nice of her. To show my gratitude and to challenge myself to write, I made a little promise to myself to cultivate that little writer in me!

I am new to the Blogging World so I am still learning. Any mistakes I make is in this world is allowed and actually encouraged! If one can learn from the mistakes he/she makes, success then is at hand.

Again, thank you Mira.